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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Simpson Center Welcomes New Staff

Erin Langner and Alison Fiorenza

The Simpson Center is delighted to announce two new staff members: Erin Langner, Program and Events Manager, and Alison Fiorenza, Administrative Coordinator. Malia Trick has been promoted to Administrator after a highly successful stint as Administrative Coordinator.

The new hires bring the Simpson Center staff to full strength as they prepare for a Spring Quarter featuring a series of major events.

“I am thrilled to have Erin and Alison joining us, with their strong records of programming support,” said Kathy Woodward, Simpson Center Director. “They join an energetic, ambitious staff that provides superb assistance and advice to our faculty and makes the Simpson Center a welcoming intellectual space.”

As Program and Events Manager, Erin works with faculty and staff to plan cross-disciplinary events. She has worked in nonprofit arts education and public programming throughout Seattle for the last decade. She was previously  the Manager of Adult Public Programs at the Seattle Art Museum, where she oversaw programming for adult audiences at the downtown museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Much of her work at SAM focused on building young-adult audiences through public programs, including the successful SAM Remix and Summer at SAM initiatives. Most recently, Erin served as the Writers in the Schools Program Associate at Seattle Arts & Lectures, where she coordinated the program that places professional writers in public school classrooms. She is also a writer, publishing reviews and essays on the visual arts in HyperallergicARTnewsArcade, The Stranger and the New American Paintings blog.

As Administrative Coordinator, Alison manages Simpson Center meeting spaces and provides support for technology issues, space reservations, and general operations. She also manages the Center's growing list of grant competitions, which include twice-yearly funding rounds, Society of Scholars fellowships, Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships, Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics awards, and others. Alison joined the Simpson Center as a student assistant in 2014. As a UW student, she spent two years on the staff of the literary journal Bricolage, learning that she enjoys creative, academic, and collaborative communities. After graduating with a BA in English and Communication, she returned to the Simpson Center to join the staff full-time.

Welcome, Erin and Alison!

Learn more about the Simpson Center administrative staff and Executive Board.